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Dr. Allen Goorin

Goorin, Allen, M.D.-70, of Jamaica Plain, formerly of Newton, MA and Pennsylvania, passed peacefully on April 14, 2017.  He was the beloved husband of Linda Goorin, father to Amy Fogelman and her husband Matthew, and to Laura Goorin and her fiancé Darren Critz; grandfather to Ella and Lily Fogelman and Regan Critz; brother-in-law to Roz Goorin; and relative and comrade to many more.

Family always came first for Allen.  He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with loved ones, telling stories, laughing, being on Martha’s Vineyard with Linda, and watching his granddaughters dance.But family was not his only passion.  Allen was a beloved pediatrician and pediatric oncologist to thousands of children, both healthy and sick. He was a general pediatrician at Longwood Pediatrics, where he treated babies to 20-somethings (and their parents) with his intelligence, compassion, and charm.  Allen also ran the Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) Program at The Dana Farber in Boston, caring for many children and teens with the disease over the course of his career. He was instrumental and a driving force in probably the most important Osteosarcoma study showing that adjuvant chemotherapy was effective in improving survival of Osteosarcoma patients. In the late 1970’s, the use of chemotherapy was in unchartered waters and the undertaking of a randomized study was controversial, yet necessary.  Allen’s courageous leadership helped it to happen. The results of that study have changed the treatment of this type of cancer forever and have saved countless lives.  The dramatic improvement in survival has really not been increased since.

Born in Beaver Falls, PA on April 18, 1946, Allen was the son of the late George and Ida Goorin, and  brother to the late  Stanley. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson in 1968, Pittsburgh Medical School in 1972, and did a pediatric internship in Philadelphia. He and Linda then spent two years in Fort Defiance, Arizona, working with the Navajo tribe in the Public Health Service.  He did residency at Children’s Hospital and a fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Allen was a renaissance man with a quest for life.  He was fearless and self-taught in countless endeavors.  Among his many interests were: running, cycling, wind-surfing, skiing, softball (his team never won but they had the most fun, until they were asked to leave the league due to lack of talent), movies, jazz music, the Celtics, the Red Sox, and trips abroad with Linda.  He made the most delicious fruit bowls in the morning for his children.

Allen was a sweet soul, incredibly kind, and a friend to anyone who crossed his path.  To know him was to love him, and he loved you back.

Friends and family are invited to his funeral on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m at Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Avenue, Needham followed by burial at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut Street, Newton.  People are welcome to visit at Amy and Matt’s home following the interment until 6:00 p.m., and also on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Donations may be in Allen’s memory to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America  —


To Linda and family:
So sorry to read of Allen’s passing. He was one of best childhood friends from grade 1 to 5, We often walked home together and I was always knocking at his door to play indoor or shoot hoops outdoors. I asked him once where are you on Saturday morning, he showed me what he was learning and I said “know wonder your so smart”. He was loving, calming and smart and had a loving mother in Ada who drove us around once in a while (an experience) but she got me to stop saying” wine and beer” by giving me some port wine. I know Allen did some great things for people, even when he was suffering. God bless you all.

-John Rarick

Dear Amy, Matt, Ella, & Lily,
We were so sorry to hear about your loss.
Losing a parent & a love one is really rough. May his memory be a blessing & help you get through this most difficult time.

With love – Pauline & Mark

-Pauline & Mark Raphael
Forest Hills, New York    USA

My sincerest sympathy for your enormous loss.

-Rhoda Shapiro
New York, New York    USA

To the Goorin and Fogelman families,

I hope the memories of Allen’s rich life comfort you during this difficult time. I am sorry for your loss. I remember Allen as a warm and generous man, with an easy smile.

With love,

Brandon Friedman
Ramat Gan, Israel

-Brandon Friedman    Israel

Our sincerest condolences are extended to the Goorin and Fogelman Family.
May the fond memories that you have of Allen bring you peace and comfort!
Although we did not know Allen well, we share your grief and hope that time will ease your pain.
Love and Hugs,
Patricia and Michael Formoso

-Pat & Mike Formoso
Indian Land, SC    USA

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